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“In the wrangle of disembarking, I dropped and broke my watch... it was plain that Ischia was no place for the rush of hours, islands never are.”Truman Capote Local color
“Turin: a residence of the seventeenth century, where everything was laid down to a single taste, that of the Court and nobility. A calm aristocracy has been impressed upon it all…and it is as classic a place for the feet as it is for the eyes.”Friedrich Nietzsche Letters from Turin
“But the scenery is exquisite, and at certain periods of the evening and the morning the blue of the Mediterranean surpasses all conception or description. It is the most intense and wonderful colour, I do believe, in all nature.”Charles Dickens Selected letters
“What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast!…It was a vision!—a miracle!—an anthem sung in stone, a poem wrought in marble!…They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter's at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.”Mark Twain The Innocents Abroad
“I’m an old Veneto’s fanatic and I will leave my heart here.”Ernest Hemingway Letter to friend Bernard Berenson
“The silence is covered by stars and the gentle light softens everything again with its sweet tenderness. The growing stillness fills the streets and piazzas like a deep river: and in the end, only one colloquy lives…a vast tremor that finishes: the Arno and the Night.”Rainer Maria Rilke Tuscan diary
“One enchanted morning I left Perugia and sought the happiness of being alone again. The city is in a good position, its view of the lake is extraordinarily pleasing; the images are now well-engraved on my mind.”Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Italian Journey
“Lecce seems as large as Florence in extent, but houses lower…in no part of Italy such a general gusto of ar-chitecture…rich and luxuriant, occasioned without doubt by the facility of working their stone; they seem to show some remains of the spirit and elegant genius of the Greeks who formerly inhabited these parts.”Georges Berkeley Journey in Italy
The Grand Wine Tour
A journey into Italian wine country
The new Grand Tour
The Grand Tour was an extended cultural tour of Europe, especially in the 18th century, where Italy was the ultimate destination
Have you heard of the Grand Tours of Europe? The Grand Tour was an exploration of culture, most often in Italy, in a time when the world was much bigger. It was the undertaking of a huge journey. Boats crossed the Atlantic in five or six weeks, and a horse-drawn carriage took longer and was more uncomfortable, to say the least, than high speed trains.
The grand tour was for the privileged upper class, but that didn’t mean they had the luxury of hospitality standards or anything modern.
The Grand Wine Tour is an exploration of Italian culture through its most enjoyable element: wine. And even though modern conveniences have made the world small, we still have a longing for a world that is bigger.
Take the road less traveled in grand style to make a small world big again: through vineyards and seaside towns, past castles and ancient abbeys, with Italy’s best food and wine in front of you.
We are a window onto the Italy that you want to explore
We want to inspire you, entertain you, give you ideas, tell you great stories, and help you plan your own Grand Wine Tour.
Because we are also a network of Italian wineries that are worthy of that tour. The ones you’ll find on our site are only high quality, familial wineries in beautiful wine regions of Italy that excel in hospitality.
The Grand Tour is a luxury to enjoy without being aristocracy, a journey to take into true Italian wine country—it is this generation’s grand tour.
Will you join us?